Uninstall HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a powerful second-opinion malware scanner designed to detect and remove stubborn infections. However, if you find you no longer need it or want to try a different security solution, here’s how to uninstall it from your system.

There are several ways to uninstall HitmanPro, depending on if you used the standalone HitmanPro application or installed HitmanPro.Alert (a more permanent solution that’s part of Sophos security suites).

How to uninstall standalone HitmanPro

If you use the standalone HitmanPro scanner, there is no traditional installation. Follow these steps:

  1. Delete the HitmanPro executable: Locate the HitmanPro executable file (usually in your Downloads folder) and delete it.
  2. Delete any residual files (optional): If you want a completely clean removal, search for any remaining HitmanPro files or folders in your Downloads and Temporary Files folders and delete them.

How to uninstall HitmanPro.Alert

HitmanPro.Alert is often bundled with Sophos security software. Here’s how to uninstall it:

  1. Uninstall through Windows Settings:
  • Right-click on the Start menu, select Settings, then Apps.
  • Find “HitmanPro.Alert” in the list of applications and click Uninstall.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.
  1. Use the Sophos Uninstall Tool (if necessary): If the standard uninstall fails, download the Sophos Uninstall Tool from their website and use it to remove HitmanPro.Alert.

Important: HitmanPro.Alert may be intertwined with other Sophos security components. Removing it could affect their functionality. If you’re unsure of the consequences, consider contacting Sophos support.

Cleaning Up residual files (for advanced users)

For the most thorough uninstall of both HitmanPro and HitmanPro.Alert, you may want to remove the remaining files manually.

Important: Editing program files or registry keys can have unintended consequences. If you’re not comfortable making these changes, it’s best to contact HitmanPro or Sophos support, or use a dedicated cleanup tool. Proceed with caution and create a system restore point before starting.

HitmanPro Standalone

  1. Open File Explorer and search your Downloads and Temporary Files folders for any HitmanPro-related files or folders. Delete them.


  1. Open File Explorer, navigate to:
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\HitmanPro.Alert
  • C:\ProgramData\HitmanPro.Alert
  • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\HitmanPro.Alert
  • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\HitmanPro.Alert (Replace <username> with your actual username)2.Delete any remaining HitmanPro.Alert files or folders.

Optional: Registry Cleanup

  • Open the Registry Editor (search for “regedit” in the Start menu)
  • Warning: Changes to the registry can cause system instability. Create a backup.
  • Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HitmanPro.Alert
  • Right-click on the HitmanPro.Alert key and select Delete.

Troubleshooting Common Uninstall Errors

While the uninstallation process usually goes smoothly, you might encounter some issues. Here are a few potential errors and solutions:

Standalone HitmanPro

  • Error: “Files cannot be deleted.” This might happen if HitmanPro is still running. Ensure it’s closed, and use the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) to stop any related processes if necessary.


  • Error: “HitmanPro.Alert cannot be found.” This could suggest that HitmanPro.Alert is not installed on your system, or that the uninstaller is corrupt. Try using the Sophos Uninstall Tool.
  • Error: “Uninstallation failed.” This usually indicates corrupt files or interference from other security programs. Download a fresh copy of the Sophos Uninstall Tool and temporarily disable any other security software before trying again.

Important: If you continue to experience issues uninstalling HitmanPro (especially HitmanPro.Alert), contacting Sophos support is your best bet. They’ll be able to provide tailored assistance.

Great HitmanPro Alternatives

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Uninstall HitmanPro FAQs

Why should I uninstall HitmanPro?

You might uninstall it if you no longer need a second-opinion scanner, want to use a different security solution, or if it’s part of a Sophos suite you’re no longer using.

Is it safe to uninstall?

Yes, uninstalling HitmanPro is safe. If you only used the standalone version, ensure another security solution is in place.

What if the uninstallation has problems?

If you used the standalone version, deleting files might be hindered by the program running. Ensure it’s not active using the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc). For HitmanPro.Alert: Try the Sophos Uninstall Tool or contact its support team.